New Neighbors

One of the most exciting and sometimes difficult times in our lives is welcoming new people into our lives and eventually/sometimes having to say goodbye to them. If you think about it, one of the most common ways this happens is whenever a new neighbor moves into your neighborhood or...

Managing Unexpected Curveballs in Life

By Paul Brencick, Founder/President of Optimal Communications Life is full of curveballs. However, unexpected challenges can sometimes create new opportunities that are actually good things in the end. You may have read or heard stories about people who get lost or miss a schedule train or plane only to wind...

Communicating with Respect & Collaboration

In today’s ever-polarized society, interpersonal communication often takes a back seat to working together collaboratively and respectfully. Despite our differences, there is always a better way to express our feelings and opinions. In the workplace or at home, conflicts are bound to happen. However, how we deal with these conflicts...

Downsizing

In all my years of living, I've had to face the reality of the old adage, "you can't take it with you" a few times. Whether it was the product of divorce, moving a few too many times for my career, or buying a home that just won't fit everything...

Be the Tiger

Be the Tiger. Believe in yourself. Be like Tiger Woods and sink that impossible putt. You can do it and only you can. Trust in your abilities and capabilities. Always be the Tiger. Be the best you that you can possibly be--no one else can do that. To be the...

Losing a Loved One

As I draw closer to another anniversary that I’d prefer not to think about, the topic of my blog this week centers on losing someone who was close to you. On April 1, 2021 it will be two years since losing my younger brother and closest friend anyone could ever...